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Watson urges schools apply for redesign project

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday reiterated his call for school districts to apply for a pilot project to redesign schools in line with the Kansans Can vision. Watson said four districts have completed their application process for the “Mercury 7” project, which is named after the pioneering U.S. astronaut program. Seven districts for the project will be announced next month, he said. Under the program, an elementary and secondary school in each of the seven districts will be redesigned in conjunction with the State Board of Education’s Kansans Can mission of leading the world in the success of each...

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Deadline to register to vote in school board primaries is Tuesday

The big change in school board elections will be felt this week. If you are not registered to vote, Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the August primary for school board and other local elected offices. In 2015, the Kansas Legislature moved the election dates for school boards from the spring of odd-numbered years to the fall of odd-numbered years. Supporters of the move said turnout would increase if local elections were held during a more recognizable election period. So, the registration deadline to vote in primaries for this year’s school board elections is Tuesday. Primary elections will be held...

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State Board to review new success metric

The Kansas State Board of Education will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Topeka for its regular monthly meeting. The board’s agenda for Wednesday calls for information and discussion on the Kansans Can vision outcome of postsecondary completion/attendance. By the time the incoming class of high school sophomores graduates high school, more than 70 percent of jobs in Kansas will require some kind of postsecondary completion. KSDE will release a new postsecondary success metric that demonstrates how Kansas school districts are preparing their students to succeed in the two years after high school graduation. The department calculated that progress using National...

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KASB invites you to join us for a conversation

Each summer, members of the KASB staff tour the state as a way to continue conversations from the spring legislative session with our members and partners. This year KASB is ready to change things up a bit by hosting more informal gatherings where we can continue the dialogue on current issues as well as the opportunity in front of us all as we see a "New Day in Kansas Education." You are invited to join us for our first event at 3:30 p.m. Wed. July 12 at the Kanza Café, 2701 SW East Circle Drive South in Topeka. The first KASB Conversation...

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Plaintiffs, State argue school finance in briefs filed with Kansas Supreme Court

In briefs filed Friday, the State of Kansas says the new school finance act is "a dramatic, positive step for Kansas, its students, and its schools," correcting the constitutional flaws in funding adequacy found by the Supreme Court; and asks the court to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs say the act "significantly underfunds K-12 public education – by all measures;" and ask the court to require almost $900 million for funding over the next two years. The plaintiff school districts also say the new law introduces unconstitutional funding inequities, and ask the court to set a new deadline of Sept....

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KASB: New day in Kansas education

KASB leaders Monday touted progress on several fronts that will start a new day in Kansas education and thanked Kansans and elected leaders for setting this new path forward. “After years of uncertainty, several initiatives are coming together that will help Kansas students achieve their dreams,” Amy Martin, KASB president and  school board member from Olathe USD 233, said at a news conference attended by media and legislators at the Statehouse. Here is a link to Martin’s statement. The state’s new school finance formula and funding increase go into effect next week. The investment — $200 million in the first year...

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School budget workshops scheduled

The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) will host its annual school district budget workshops in July. The sessions, featuring Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis and School Finance Director Craig Neuenswander, will take place across the state and will assist board members and their administrators in understanding the impact of the new school finance law on their FY18 budget deliberations. Click here for the workshops announcement and registration information. Budget workshop dates and locations:     9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. July 10 – Garden City........... Garden City (new) High School, 2720 Buffalo Way - Garden City July 12 – Greenbush ............ Southeast Kansas Education Service Center,...

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Five Kansas school administrators recognized by State Board

Five Kansas school administrators were recognized Tuesday by the Kansas State Board of Education after having received prestigious education awards. Those recognized were: Sue Givens, superintendent at El Dorado USD 490, who has been named 2017 Kansas Superintendent of the Year by the Kansas School Superintendents Association. Dr. Britton Hart, principal at Emporia High School (Emporia USD 253), who has been named 2016- 2017 Kansas High School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Terrell Davis, principal at Truesdell Middle School (Wichita USD 259) and Tony Helfrich, principal at Liberty Middle School (Pratt USD 382),...

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Deadline to file for school board fast approaching

The Thursday, June 1 deadline to file to run for the local school board is fast approaching. KASB strongly encourages current board members to seek another term and also encourages other committed, visionary community members to seek election and serve in this important voluntary role. The local school board is an integral part of the community and the American institution of representative government. Learn more at www.kasb.org/boardelections2017

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School finance bills advance; funding does not

Approval of a school finance system to replace the block grants on July 1 took several steps forward Wednesday when the House advanced a bill to final action and the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance recommended a similar bill to the full Senate. However, passage of a tax bill to fund current state expenditures and the additional costs of the school finance proposals remained stalled, and many question whether the plans will be approved by the Kansas Supreme Court. The court set a June 30 deadline to correct constitutional inadequacies in school funding. Both bills restore most features of the...

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